Campbell River is a hub for Vancouver Island tugboat companies, but Reuben Buerge lives in Heriot Bay on Quadra Island.
“When I first started, I was the deck hand. At that time we were towing log booms up and down the coast. I worked locally here on a really cool boat called the Utah for a winter too. Then, I had a job up in Prince Rupert and it was all rock barges, they were building breakwaters and stuff like that,” he explained.
Now Buerge is a tugboat captain, working for a company in Vancouver.
Continue reading A tugboat captain from Heriot Bay
National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Environmental groups are hoisting red flags as the cruise ship season relaunches after the easing of COVID restrictions on the West Coast despite Ottawa’s recent announcement it will roll out stricter wastewater dumping rules.
The federal government’s proposed environmental regulations are ambiguous, but signal Transport Canada is starting to acknowledge cruise ships have been taking advantage of Canada’s lax standards to dump billions of litres of dirty water waste along the B.C. coast, said Anna Barford, Stand.earth’s shipping campaigner.
Continue reading Wave of pollution from cruise ships expected regardless of new federal wastewater rules
By Charlie Carey, North Shore News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
The Lions Gate Bridge was blocked Wednesday (April 6) morning by protesters pushing for the end of old-growth logging in B.C.
Save Old Growth protesters blocked the bridge around 8:20 a.m., closing traffic in both directions, however the protest was short lived, as the roadway was cleared around 15 minutes later.
Continue reading Lions Gate Bridge blocked by old-growth protestors
By Diary Marif, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Julia Burakova, a Canadian citizen of Russian heritage, says she has already faced harassment and hate speech on three specific occasions since the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. She is deeply saddened by the war
Burakova, a photographer, immigrated to Canada 12 years ago in search of safety and a better life. But, she says, today, she feels unsettled and not in the right mind, given the harassment she’s experienced.
Continue reading An anti-Russian wave sweeps over Canada
By Zahra Mahdi, New Canadian Media, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
While Canada has opened one dedicated stream for all Ukrainians escaping Russia’s invasion, it only made room for 40,000 Afghans escaping the Taliban’s rule under four cumbersome emergency response streams.
Continue reading Canada’s emergency response starkly different for Ukrainians, Afghans